Archive for February, 2016

Community Co-op Connection building – materials to live on

coop connections bldg salvage collage

On Feb. 16th The RE Store salvage crew pulled materials from the former Community Food Co-op Connections building at the south end of the Forest Street Co-op’s parking lot. The whole building is currently being deconstructed by Bellingham-based Reuse Consulting – all to make way for more parking and a bike structure for the Co-op. There was some strong interest in moving the beloved mid-century building as a whole, but some aspect of that plan did not work out with the City of Bellingham planning department, and thus the Co-op set out with the goal to have 95% of the materials be reused. Some materials will stay on site to create the new bike structure, while others will be used to create an event center off-site.

The building was designed by Bellingham architect Jim Zervas, who studied under Frank Lloyd Wright and was a distinguished NW architect and planner for more than 50 years in the Bellingham and Whatcom County community.

In the words of our out-going Communications Director, Peter Frazier:

One of the finest examples of PNW mid-century architecture is being deconstructed to make way for the Food Co-op’s enlarged parking lot. James Zervas’ early ’60s Western Optical Building looked gorgeous from every angle, featured impeccable lines, and divine proportions. It was a lovely human-scale building that, like the best PNW architecture, brings the outside in, establishing a two-way relationship with the environment.

It’s been in my life for a half century. I first noticed it when I was about four years old because it looked remarkably like my house on Chuckanut (the house I still live in) but was improbably placed in the middle of the city. I’ve had the pleasure of shopping for glasses there as a boy, leading a strategic planning session there for KCLT about ten years ago, and most recently, inspecting the original hand drawn plans at Dominique Zervas’ Bellingham law office.

It was one of those classic PNW things, like a Salish Sea cobble beach, a Skagit Valley landscape painting, a crab feed with garlic butter, a Boundary Bay IPA, a live edge table by Smith + Vallee, a kayak in the rain, or a smoke-filled Waterfront Tavern.

It will be missed.

The RE Store salvage crew removed fir trim, windows, doors and stainless counters – all of which are in the store now. Come get a piece of this unique landmark for yourself!

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National reuse contest includes 2 of our locals as winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in The Reuse People’s 2015 Annual ReUse Contest! As always, there were some pretty amazing projects submitted, and the judges task of selecting winners was tough.

The 2015 national winners – 2 of which are our local customers of The RE Store – are:

TRP art-furniture winners

Art & Furniture Category (above, left to right):
1ST Place – Office Desk – By John Harris, Bellingham, WA
2ND Place – Handmade Flag – By Aaron Foster, College Park, MD
3RD Place – Good Tillage – By Wayne Chaudiere, Lummi Island, WA

TRP construction winners

Construction & Remodeling Category (above, left to right):
1ST Place – Emergency Basement Remodel – By Patricia Flanagan, Washington, DC
2ND Place – Garden Shed – By Mike Bentley, Beulah, MI
3RD Place – DIY Fence – By Janet Watkins, Pittsburgh, PA

More information about all the contestants and their projects can be found on The Reuse People’s website here.

A huge congratulations to our local winners, John Harris and Wayne Chaudiere!

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Environmental Hero is hatching a community-benefiting plan for former landfill

RDS - Lynden landfillRE Sources Environmental Hero, Larry McCarter of Ferndale-based Recycling and Disposal Services (RDS), is hatching a plan to turn Lynden’s former landfill into a carbon-reducing community resource that supports the city’s economy and helps local farmers deal with their methane-rich animal waste. Find out more about this ingenious plan via the Lynden Tribune News article: RDS has plans for former Lynden dump. Way to go RDS!

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